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The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies with a requirement for PCI DSS skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited PCI DSS over the 6 months to 30 June 2022 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
UK
6 months to
30 Jun 2022
Same period 2021 Same period 2020
Rank 537 503 460
Rank change year-on-year -34 -43 +38
Contract jobs citing PCI DSS 314 238 144
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK 0.35% 0.37% 0.35%
As % of the Quality Assurance & Compliance category 2.71% 2.96% 3.09%
Number of daily rates quoted 223 162 89
10th Percentile £180 £367 £323
25th Percentile £425 £450 £408
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £545 £510 £500
Median % change year-on-year +6.86% +2.00% -4.76%
75th Percentile £638 £600 £638
90th Percentile £701 £686 £689
UK excluding London median daily rate £425 £450 £500
% change year-on-year -5.56% -10.00% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 0 5 0
Median hourly rate - £78.00 -
UK excluding London median hourly rate - £77.00 -

PCI DSS is in the Quality Assurance and Compliance category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills.

All Quality Assurance and Compliance Skills
UK
Contract vacancies with a requirement for quality assurance or compliance skills 11,597 8,039 4,654
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK 13.10% 12.33% 11.32%
Number of daily rates quoted 8,016 5,360 2,922
10th Percentile £291 £263 £260
25th Percentile £410 £366 £356
Median daily rate (50th Percentile) £525 £475 £468
Median % change year-on-year +10.53% +1.55% +3.94%
75th Percentile £625 £575 £563
90th Percentile £725 £675 £638
UK excluding London median daily rate £463 £425 £425
% change year-on-year +8.82% - -
Number of hourly rates quoted 301 333 198
10th Percentile £12.48 £11.36 £12.72
25th Percentile £16.25 £14.03 £17.26
Median hourly rate £27.50 £21.00 £22.52
Median % change year-on-year +30.95% -6.76% +0.10%
75th Percentile £50.77 £39.50 £45.00
90th Percentile £69.35 £58.46 £53.75
UK excluding London median hourly rate £22.50 £20.00 £20.79
% change year-on-year +12.50% -3.78% -17.61%

PCI DSS
Job Vacancy Trend

Job postings citing PCI DSS as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised.

Job vacancy trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Daily Rate Trend

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Daily rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Daily Rate Histogram

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing PCI DSS over the 6 months to 30 June 2022.

Daily rate histogram for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing PCI DSS.

Hourly rate trend for PCI DSS in the UK

PCI DSS
Top 15 Contract Locations

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing PCI DSS within the UK over the 6 months to 30 June 2022. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Jobs
England -56 231 £550 +5.77% 93
Work from Home -63 155 £550 +10.00% 35
London -38 136 £563 +7.66% 31
UK excluding London -52 87 £425 -5.56% 66
North of England -52 31 £425 -5.56% 25
North West -28 17 £450 -10.89% 13
Midlands -34 15 £298 -37.37% 13
South East -40 15 £475 +14.11% 11
Yorkshire -37 14 £300 -32.28% 11
West Midlands -32 12 £550 - 6
South West -15 10 £534 +9.54% 8
East of England -14 6 £550 +5.77% 5
Wales -1 5 £130 -75.00%
Scotland -15 5 £550 +30.18% 4
East Midlands -12 3 £130 -72.63% 7

For the 6 months to 30 June 2022, IT contractor jobs citing PCI DSS also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads with a requirement for PCI DSS.

1 131 (41.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (27.07%) Finance
2 85 (27.07%) NIST
3 83 (26.43%) Cybersecurity
4 79 (25.16%) Azure
5 77 (24.52%) Information Security
6 74 (23.57%) GDPR
7 68 (21.66%) Microsoft
8 53 (16.88%) Retail
9 52 (16.56%) Windows
10 49 (15.61%) CISSP
11 48 (15.29%) AWS
12 47 (14.97%) Social Skills
13 45 (14.33%) Risk Management
13 45 (14.33%) Data Security
14 43 (13.69%) Firewall
15 39 (12.42%) Agile
16 38 (12.10%) SQL
17 37 (11.78%) SLA
17 37 (11.78%) FFIEC
18 36 (11.46%) Management Information System
18 36 (11.46%) Wi-Fi
18 36 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
19 35 (11.15%) Analytics
19 35 (11.15%) BPSS Clearance
20 34 (10.83%) CISM
21 32 (10.19%) Network Security
21 32 (10.19%) OWASP
22 30 (9.55%) Security Cleared
22 30 (9.55%) Dell

PCI DSS
Co-occurring IT Skills by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 15 (4.78%) Apache Spark
2 8 (2.55%) Exchange Server 2010
2 8 (2.55%) MS Exchange
3 2 (0.64%) SharePoint
4 1 (0.32%) Apache
4 1 (0.32%) Confluence
4 1 (0.32%) IIS
4 1 (0.32%) JBoss
4 1 (0.32%) NetWeaver
4 1 (0.32%) OpenStack
4 1 (0.32%) WebSphere
Applications
1 5 (1.59%) Microsoft PowerPoint
2 3 (0.96%) MS Visio
3 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Excel
3 2 (0.64%) Microsoft Office
Business Applications
1 20 (6.37%) Payment Gateway
2 12 (3.82%) Shopify
3 2 (0.64%) BASE24
Cloud Services
1 79 (25.16%) Azure
2 48 (15.29%) AWS
3 22 (7.01%) GCP
3 22 (7.01%) Serverless
4 19 (6.05%) Azure DevOps
5 17 (5.41%) Amazon S3
5 17 (5.41%) Microsoft 365
5 17 (5.41%) SaaS
6 16 (5.10%) Azure Functions
7 15 (4.78%) Azure Data Factory
7 15 (4.78%) Azure Monitor
7 15 (4.78%) Azure Synapse Analytics
7 15 (4.78%) Power Platform
8 7 (2.23%) Azure Active Directory
9 5 (1.59%) Azure Sentinel
9 5 (1.59%) Nutanix
9 5 (1.59%) PaaS
10 3 (0.96%) AWS Lambda
10 3 (0.96%) Cloud Computing
11 2 (0.64%) GitHub
Communications & Networking
1 43 (13.69%) Firewall
2 36 (11.46%) Wi-Fi
3 32 (10.19%) Network Security
4 20 (6.37%) DNS
5 15 (4.78%) Internet
6 12 (3.82%) DMZ
6 12 (3.82%) IPsec
6 12 (3.82%) VPN
6 12 (3.82%) WAN
7 9 (2.87%) MPLS
7 9 (2.87%) SD-WAN
8 7 (2.23%) BGP
8 7 (2.23%) OSPF
9 6 (1.91%) Intrusion Detection
10 5 (1.59%) DNSSEC
10 5 (1.59%) F5 BIG-IP LTM
10 5 (1.59%) NGFW
10 5 (1.59%) Reverse Proxy
10 5 (1.59%) SSH
10 5 (1.59%) VLAN
Database & Business Intelligence
1 15 (4.78%) Data Lake
1 15 (4.78%) Power BI
2 9 (2.87%) Data Warehouse
3 8 (2.55%) MongoDB
4 7 (2.23%) MySQL
5 4 (1.27%) SQL Server
6 2 (0.64%) MariaDB
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle Database
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle Database 12c
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle Reports
7 1 (0.32%) Amazon RDS
7 1 (0.32%) Azure SQL Database
7 1 (0.32%) DB2
7 1 (0.32%) SAP HANA
Development Applications
1 18 (5.73%) Git (software)
2 6 (1.91%) JIRA
3 4 (1.27%) GitLab
3 4 (1.27%) Jenkins
4 3 (0.96%) IDA Disassembler
5 2 (0.64%) JIRA Agile
6 1 (0.32%) Burp Suite
General
1 85 (27.07%) Finance
2 53 (16.88%) Retail
3 47 (14.97%) Social Skills
4 16 (5.10%) Analytical Skills
4 16 (5.10%) Banking
5 14 (4.46%) Legal
6 10 (3.18%) Public Sector
7 9 (2.87%) Presentation Skills
7 9 (2.87%) Telecoms
8 5 (1.59%) Influencing Skills
9 4 (1.27%) Local Government
10 3 (0.96%) Billing
10 3 (0.96%) Financial Institution
10 3 (0.96%) Inclusion and Diversity
11 2 (0.64%) Documentation Skills
11 2 (0.64%) Manufacturing
11 2 (0.64%) Pharmaceutical
12 1 (0.32%) International Banking
12 1 (0.32%) Italian Language
12 1 (0.32%) Marketing
Job Titles
1 52 (16.56%) Architect
2 39 (12.42%) Analyst
3 37 (11.78%) Security Engineer
4 28 (8.92%) Consultant
5 27 (8.60%) IT Engineer
6 23 (7.32%) Security Architect
6 23 (7.32%) Security Consultant
7 22 (7.01%) Field Engineer
8 18 (5.73%) Solutions Architect
9 17 (5.41%) Data Engineer
9 17 (5.41%) Developer
10 16 (5.10%) EPoS Engineer
10 16 (5.10%) Security Analyst
11 14 (4.46%) Business Analyst
11 14 (4.46%) Security Manager
12 13 (4.14%) EPoS Field Engineer
13 12 (3.82%) Cloud Engineer
14 9 (2.87%) Network Engineer
15 8 (2.55%) Design Engineer
15 8 (2.55%) Support Engineer
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 15 (4.78%) Kafka
1 15 (4.78%) Spark Streaming
2 14 (4.46%) jQuery
3 13 (4.14%) CSS
3 13 (4.14%) HTML
4 12 (3.82%) CSS3
4 12 (3.82%) REST
4 12 (3.82%) Symfony
5 10 (3.18%) GraphQL
5 10 (3.18%) OAuth
5 10 (3.18%) OAuth2
5 10 (3.18%) OpenID
6 9 (2.87%) JSON
6 9 (2.87%) XML
7 6 (1.91%) HTML5
8 5 (1.59%) Celery
8 5 (1.59%) Django
8 5 (1.59%) EJB
8 5 (1.59%) FastAPI
8 5 (1.59%) Flask
Miscellaneous
1 36 (11.46%) Management Information System
2 17 (5.41%) EPoS
3 16 (5.10%) Linux Command Line
3 16 (5.10%) Mobile App
4 12 (3.82%) Data Structures
5 11 (3.50%) Algorithms
5 11 (3.50%) Data Centre
5 11 (3.50%) Distributed Denial-of-Service
6 9 (2.87%) Data Protection Act
6 9 (2.87%) Public Cloud
7 8 (2.55%) Freedom of Information
8 7 (2.23%) Cloud Native
8 7 (2.23%) Cyber Kill Chain
8 7 (2.23%) PKI
8 7 (2.23%) Self-Motivation
9 6 (1.91%) Cyberthreat
9 6 (1.91%) Legacy Applications
9 6 (1.91%) Legacy Systems
10 5 (1.59%) Renewable Energy
11 4 (1.27%) Security Operations Centre
Operating Systems
1 52 (16.56%) Windows
2 16 (5.10%) Windows Server
3 13 (4.14%) Linux
4 8 (2.55%) Windows Server 2019
5 6 (1.91%) Android
6 5 (1.59%) Apple iOS
7 3 (0.96%) Unix
8 2 (0.64%) Windows Server 2008
8 2 (0.64%) Windows Server 2016
9 1 (0.32%) AIX
9 1 (0.32%) Kali Linux
9 1 (0.32%) Mac OS X
9 1 (0.32%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 1 (0.32%) Windows Server 2012
Processes & Methodologies
1 83 (26.43%) Cybersecurity
2 77 (24.52%) Information Security
3 45 (14.33%) Data Security
3 45 (14.33%) Risk Management
4 39 (12.42%) Agile
5 36 (11.46%) Stakeholder Management
6 35 (11.15%) Analytics
7 32 (10.19%) OWASP
8 29 (9.24%) Data Protection
9 28 (8.92%) Asset Management
9 28 (8.92%) Data Loss Prevention
10 27 (8.60%) Proactive Maintenance
10 27 (8.60%) Security Operations
11 26 (8.28%) Requirements Gathering
12 25 (7.96%) ITIL
13 24 (7.64%) SIEM
14 23 (7.32%) DevOps
15 22 (7.01%) CI/CD
15 22 (7.01%) Vulnerability Management
16 21 (6.69%) Migration
Programming Languages
1 38 (12.10%) SQL
2 26 (8.28%) Python
3 25 (7.96%) Java
4 23 (7.32%) C#
5 21 (6.69%) PowerShell
6 20 (6.37%) JavaScript
7 18 (5.73%) Bash
8 15 (4.78%) PHP
9 10 (3.18%) C
10 5 (1.59%) Go
11 3 (0.96%) PL/SQL
11 3 (0.96%) Rust
11 3 (0.96%) VB
12 2 (0.64%) C++
12 2 (0.64%) Shell Script
13 1 (0.32%) Kotlin
13 1 (0.32%) Perl
13 1 (0.32%) VBScript
Qualifications
1 49 (15.61%) CISSP
2 37 (11.78%) FFIEC
3 35 (11.15%) BPSS Clearance
4 34 (10.83%) CISM
5 30 (9.55%) Security Cleared
6 27 (8.60%) Degree
7 17 (5.41%) CISA
8 14 (4.46%) DBS Check
8 14 (4.46%) PMP
9 13 (4.14%) CRISC
9 13 (4.14%) SC Cleared
10 9 (2.87%) Microsoft Certification
10 9 (2.87%) PMI Certification
11 8 (2.55%) Cisco Certification
11 8 (2.55%) GIAC
11 8 (2.55%) MCP
11 8 (2.55%) MCSA
12 6 (1.91%) CCNA
12 6 (1.91%) TOGAF Certification
13 5 (1.59%) ISACA
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 131 (41.72%) ISO/IEC 27001
2 85 (27.07%) NIST
3 74 (23.57%) GDPR
4 37 (11.78%) SLA
5 27 (8.60%) GLBA
6 19 (6.05%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
7 18 (5.73%) Cyber Essentials
8 15 (4.78%) Data Quality
9 12 (3.82%) Sarbanes-Oxley
10 10 (3.18%) GRC
10 10 (3.18%) NIST 800
10 10 (3.18%) SOC 2
11 8 (2.55%) PSD2
12 7 (2.23%) COBIT
12 7 (2.23%) NCSC
12 7 (2.23%) SOC 1
13 6 (1.91%) Cyber Essentials PLUS
14 5 (1.59%) ISO 9001
15 4 (1.27%) ISO/IEC 27005
16 3 (0.96%) QA
System Software
1 27 (8.60%) KVM
2 23 (7.32%) Active Directory
3 19 (6.05%) VMware Infrastructure
4 7 (2.23%) Hyper-V
5 5 (1.59%) VMware NSX
6 4 (1.27%) Docker
7 2 (0.64%) VMware ESXi
7 2 (0.64%) vSphere
8 1 (0.32%) NFS
8 1 (0.32%) Virtual Desktop
8 1 (0.32%) Virtual Machines
Systems Management
1 9 (2.87%) CASB
2 6 (1.91%) SCCM
3 5 (1.59%) Ansible
3 5 (1.59%) Tivoli
4 4 (1.27%) Active Directory Federation Services
4 4 (1.27%) Terraform
5 3 (0.96%) CSIRT
5 3 (0.96%) Nessus
5 3 (0.96%) Packer
6 2 (0.64%) Data Guard
6 2 (0.64%) Enterprise Manager Cloud Control
6 2 (0.64%) FortiGate
6 2 (0.64%) Opscode Chef
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle Enterprise Manager
6 2 (0.64%) Oracle RMAN
6 2 (0.64%) SCOM
6 2 (0.64%) Single Sign-On
6 2 (0.64%) WSUS
7 1 (0.32%) QRadar
7 1 (0.32%) Trend Micro Deep Security
Vendors
1 68 (21.66%) Microsoft
2 30 (9.55%) Dell
3 25 (7.96%) VMware
4 21 (6.69%) Cisco
5 16 (5.10%) Avaya
6 15 (4.78%) Databricks
7 14 (4.46%) CyberArk
7 14 (4.46%) Google
8 13 (4.14%) Forcepoint
9 12 (3.82%) PayPal
9 12 (3.82%) WorldPay
10 8 (2.55%) Oracle
11 7 (2.23%) Palo Alto
11 7 (2.23%) Qualys
12 6 (1.91%) CA
13 5 (1.59%) Cadence
13 5 (1.59%) F5
13 5 (1.59%) Splunk
14 4 (1.27%) ForeScout
14 4 (1.27%) McAfee